The Trump administration is continuing to chip away at transgender rights as it mulls the decision to require individuals to identify as either male or female based on their biological standing at birth, eclipsing gender definitions that previously offered more latitude for transgender and gender nonconforming people, according to a Sunday New York Times report.
> The Department of Health and Human Services proposed in a memo obtained by the news outlet that government agencies adopt a definition of gender that is determined "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."
> The change would would base sex on the genitals a person is born with.
> "The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence," the memo states, according to the Times.
If adopted as official government policy, protections for transgender Americans — which the Times noted is about 1.4 million people — would be diminished.
However, this is not the first anti-trans policy to come from the Trump administration:
> The change in how the government defines gender marks the latest effort from the administration to undo Obama-era rules that granted more freedoms to people who are transgender.
> The administration announced a similar policy in May that required the Bureau of Prisons to use "biological sex" as the basis for assigning facilities and bathrooms.
> The White House and Department of Defense announced earlier this year that those individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the military, a policy that was rejected by multiple judges.